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Quotes and excerpts

  • “Have you ever said Yes to a single joy? O my friends, then you have said Yes too to all woe. All things are entangled, ensnared, enamored; if ever you wanted one thing twice, if ever you said, "You please me, happiness! Abide, moment!" then you wanted all back. All anew, all eternally, all entangled, ensnared, enamored--oh then you loved the world. Eternal ones, love it eternally and evermore; and to woe too, you say: go, but return! For all joy wants--eternity.” ― Nietzsche

  • "Observe the herd which is grazing beside you. It does not know what yesterday or today is. It springs around, eats, rests, digests, jumps up again, and so from morning to night and from day to day, with its likes and dislikes closely tied to the peg of the moment, and thus neither melancholy nor weary. To witness this is hard for man, because he boasts to himself that his human race is better than the beast and yet looks with jealousy at its happiness. For he wishes only to live like the beast, neither weary nor amid pains, and he wants it in vain, because he does not will it as the animal does. One day the man demands of the beast: “Why do you not talk to me about your happiness and only gaze at me?” The beast wants to answer, too, and say: “That comes about because I always immediately forget what I wanted to say.” But by then the beast has already forgotten this reply and remains silent, so that the man wonders on once more." - Nietzsche

  • (2) Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All." - The Gospel of Thomas translated by Thomas O. Lambdin

  • "Everything that rises must converge" -- derived from works of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

  • A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty. ― Einstein

Multiplicity is only apparent, in truth, there is only one mind... ― Erwin Schrödinger

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a fundamentally sick society" - Jiddhu Krishnamurthi

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger." -Buddha

"Be kind, for every person you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato

"How strange it is to be anything at all." - Neutral Milk Hotel

"All that is solid melts into the air..." - Karl Marx


  • "Be the person you needed when you were younger" - Unknown
  • "Every saint has a past, and every sinner a future" - Oscar Wilde
  • "Don't light yourself on fire to keep others warm"
  • "They don't think it be like it is, but it do" - Omar
  • "Calm seas don't make skilled sailors" - Unknown

List of emotions

(taken from Wikipedia)

Adoration · Affection · Agitation · Agony · Amusement · Anger · Anguish · Annoyance · Anxiety · Apathy · Arousal · Attraction · Awe · Boredom · Calmness · Compassion · Contempt · Contentment · Defeat · Depression · Desire · Disappointment · Disgust · Ecstasy · Embarrassment · Empathy · Enthrallment · Enthusiasm · Envy · Euphoria · Excitement · Fear · Frustration · Gratitude · Grief · Guilt · Happiness · Hatred · Homesickness · Hope · Horror · Hostility · Humiliation · Hysteria · Infatuation · Insecurity · Insult · Interest · Irritation · Isolation · Jealousy · Joy · Loneliness · Longing · Love · Lust · Melancholy · Mono · no · aware · Neglect · Nostalgia · Panic · Passion · Pity · Pleasure · Pride · hubris · Rage · Regret · Rejection · Remorse · Resentment · Sadness · Saudade · Schadenfreude · Sehnsucht · Sentimentality · Shame · Shock · Shyness · Sorrow · Spite · Stress · Suffering · Surprise · Sympathy · Tenseness · Wonder · Worry

Common cognitive distortions

A partial list from Robert L. Leahy, Stephen J. F. Holland, and Lata K. McGinn’s Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (2012).

1. Mind reading. You assume that you know what people think without having sufficient evidence of their thoughts. “He thinks I’m a loser.”

2. Fortune-telling. You predict the future negatively: things will get worse, or there is danger ahead. “I’ll fail that exam,” or “I won’t get the job.”

3. Catastrophizing.You believe that what has happened or will happen will be so awful and unbearable that you won’t be able to stand it. “It would be terrible if I failed.”

4. Labeling. You assign global negative traits to yourself and others. “I’m undesirable,” or “He’s a rotten person.”

5. Discounting positives. You claim that the positive things you or others do are trivial. “That’s what wives are supposed to do—so it doesn’t count when she’s nice to me,” or “Those successes were easy, so they don’t matter.”

6. Negative filtering. You focus almost exclusively on the negatives and seldom notice the positives. “Look at all of the people who don’t like me.”

7. Overgeneralizing. You perceive a global pattern of negatives on the basis of a single incident. “This generally happens to me. I seem to fail at a lot of things.”

8. Dichotomous thinking. You view events or people in all-or-nothing terms. “I get rejected by everyone,” or “It was a complete waste of time.”

9. Blaming. You focus on the other person as the source of your negative feelings, and you refuse to take responsibility for changing yourself. “She’s to blame for the way I feel now,” or “My parents caused all my problems.”

10. What if? You keep asking a series of questions about “what if” something happens, and you fail to be satisfied with any of the answers. “Yeah, but what if I get anxious?,” or “What if I can’t catch my breath?”

11. Emotional reasoning. You let your feelings guide your interpretation of reality. “I feel depressed; therefore, my marriage is not working out.”

12. Inability to disconfirm. You reject any evidence or arguments that might contradict your negative thoughts. For example, when you have the thought I’m unlovable, you reject as irrelevant any evidence that people like you. Consequently, your thought cannot be refuted. “That’s not the real issue. There are deeper problems. There are other factors.”